Andrew Hamm: the Bipolar Express

Ruminations on theatre, music, and just about anything else that crosses my bipolar brain.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

100-Word Review: "Superman Returns"

We now return to our regularly-scheduled programming of movie reviews so truncated as to be virtually useless. Brought to you by the Westinghouse Corporation and the financial support of viewers like you.

Superman Returns
Starring: Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, James Marsden, Parker Posey, Frank Langella, Sam Huntington, Eva Marie Saint, and the ghost of Marlon Brando.
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Written by: Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris, and Bryan Singer
Released by: Warner Bros.
Theatrical Release Date: 6/28/2006
Run Time: 157 min.
Rating: PG-13

Spoiler warning! Do not read if you haven’t seen the movie!

John Williams score + space whooshing credits = instant tears of joy. More tears four or five times after. Pure joy. Superman is back. I had forgotten how much we need him.

Brandon Routh. Just as perfect as Christopher Reeve. Kate Bosworth is… not as perfect as Margot Kidder. She looks and acts too ingénue.

The Brando footage also brought tears.

Finally, Lex Luthor is evil instead of buffoonish. Stick it to ‘im, Kevin!

Much of it looks very X-Men—in a good way. But Superman with a child out of wedlock??? Wrong idea, Bryan.

Great foundation for Superman VI.


  • At 7/16/2006 1:30 AM , Blogger Larry Belew said...

    I agree that if we going for a Messiah metaphore, I can't imagine Jesus having a child out of wedlock any more than being married to Mary Magdelene. Howevever, this is fiction and the parallel is bound to break down somewhere. My review of the movie is on

  • At 7/16/2006 5:52 PM , Blogger Andrew Hamm said...

    All messianic metaphor aside, Superman just doesn't have a child out of wedlock. The fact that he sleeps with Lois in Superman II always rankles, too.

  • At 8/26/2006 2:53 PM , Anonymous Brad said...

    Sorry, I thought the movie was the Cliffnotes for The Da Vinci Code. The world's "saviour" has a relationship with an "adulterous woman" and has a child that has been hidden from the knoweldge of the public.

    And the shot of Superman in cucified pose in space about made me want to puke.

    But as we know, Andrew, you and I will always have differing opinions. I really liked your blog on how we need Superman; I just didn't feel the movie accomplished quite all of what you had expressed.

  • At 8/26/2006 2:54 PM , Anonymous Brad said...

    Forgot to run Spellcheck. How humbling for me.


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